From left: Niels Fog (, Brian Vad Mathiesen (AAU), Ming Chen (DTU Energy), Peter Blennow (Haldor Topsøe). Photo: Torben Skjøtt (

Electrolysis research receives prize for best project

Thursday 19 May 16


Ming Chen
DTU Energy
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About the project

The project “Solid Oxide Electrolysis for Grid Balancing” was a two-year project which ended in 2015. The purpose was to improve the technical and commercial prospects of the solid oxide electrolysis technology to be used for storage of excess wind or solar power. The project partners were DTU Energy, Aalborg University and the Danish company Haldor Topsøe A/S. The final project report is available here.

The activities are continuing in an on-going ForskEL project, “Towards Solid Oxide Electrolysis Plants in 2020”.

About the ForskEL programme

The ForskEL research programme, funded by the Danish transmission system operator, is one of the most important Danish energy research programmes. It supports research, development and demonstration activities which further environmentally friendly electricity production technologies as well as the development of an environmentally friendly and secure energy system.

Senior scientist Ming Chen from DTU Energy has received the ForskEL-prize 2016 for his project “Solid Oxide Electrolysis for Grid Balancing” which represents an important step towards the use of electrolysis for energy storage in the Danish energy system in the future.

At the annual Danish energy research conference, EnergiForsk16, the ForskEL-prize 2016 was presented to senior scientist Ming Chen and his project partners from Aalborg University and Haldor Topsøe A/S. This prestigious award is given for the best completed energy research project funded by the ForskEL programme.

"We are dealing with a project that has delivered on two important parameters: skilled project management and skilled technical performance"
Niels Fog (chairman of the board,

Denmark has an ambitious plan to increase the fraction of renewable energy supply towards 100% over the coming decades. This will mean large changes in the electricity grid, and in particular it will lead to a need for large-scale energy storage due to the intermittent nature of wind and solar power. Solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) are a promising technology for both energy storage and synthetic fuel production, and it has a unique potential for grid regulation in the Danish power system. The purpose of the project “Solid Oxide Electrolysis for Grid Balancing” was to improve the performance and durability of the technology targeting applications for regulating the future Danish electricity grid. The three project partners have been working closely on solving critical research issues for the upscale to the MW level of the technology over the next 5-10 years.

Niels Fog, chairman of the board of, gave a speech motivating the award, emphasizing not only the progress in technology and market preparation achieved but also the high quality of the project management and the good cooperation between universities and business.

In his acceptance speech Ming Chen thanked for its support over the last 10 years which has enabled the project partners to develop SOEC technology to the point where it is ready for early demonstration. This could not have been done without the funding from ForskEL.